Late November rains
Bring us herring memories
Let the games begin!
The rains have come and with them the muse returns... slowly, but surely.
Hi guys. Remember me? It's been a while. Like half a year or something since I put together a post worthy of this blog.
Okay... let's see.. I want to point out that I've noted in my tidelog that there've been late November mini spawns in the South Bay 3 of the last 4 years. And with this rain, who knows?
Here's several notable things...
A few months ago I wrote a couple of paragraphs on the former existence of Atlantic softshell clams inside SF Bay. (For some solid info on this go here: Mya arenaria Well, evidently my friend Oron, a recent migrant to the East Bay (SF suffers by his loss), decided to follow my tip and headed to Point Pinole on the last minus tide to see if he could find any living softshells. What he was planning to do with them I know not. I wouldn't think Point Pinole soft shells would represent the highwater mark of healthy seafood consumption. In any case he's a doctor so he can heal himself when he gets fecal coliform (I guess) or something worse. The shoreline near the Pinole Pier is literally covered, a foot deep in softshell shells. But the thing I've always wondered is, how old are these? Point Pinole was once the center of the biggest clam operation in the state. Are they still living in that compromised ecosystem?
Anyhoo... Oron went out on that big negative tide and raked the shoreline for a while. And guess what? He didn't find any clams. What he found was this:
What's the size limit on a 9mm? Are they in season?
So if you're dumping your sidearm after using it in illicit ways, (robbing convenience stores, banks or blowing away your enemies) make sure you heave it out a little bit beyond the minus tide line... with the recent news about the return of Olympia oysters and crazy Sea Foragers like Oron out there, there's a good chance our urban intertidal zone is about to be reclaimed by the citizenry.
What else... it's kind of crazy how much press my salmon shark video got. Wow. If this is the press a cousin of the great white generates, imagine if I had gotten footage of the real thing? The funny thing here is that I saw this shark while driving on Great Highway and then turned around and went back to Noriega, jumped out of the car but found that I was like a half mile away, so I ran down the beach (as you can hear from my breathing), only to find two people evidently thinking of taking my prize specimen home for lunch. Mercury burgers anyone? As it turns out I was mistaken, they were trying to save the dying creature. I know of at least one marine biologist who claims salmon sharks are quite delicious, though I haven't tried one myself.
As it turns out, salmon sharks commonly strand themselves. This is due to a nasty (and fatal) form of bacterial meningitis stemming from brain infection. No one really knows how they get this infection but it seems to coincide with seasonal changes/upwelling and is evidently restricted to juvenile fish. If any of you guys find one in the future please contact me so I can call the researchers who've been tracking this phenomenon for 10 years.
Anyhoo. Hopefully this is the beginning of a new trend: Me blogging again.
Uh oh. Baby crying. Gotta scram.